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What Does Organized Nutrition Have to Do With Addiction Recovery?

December 17, 2020

The process of addiction recovery involves both mental and physical wellness and nutrition.

Most of us don’t equate the words organized nutrition with anything fun. But we’re going to dispel that belief here and now.

Meal planning and meal prep, when done correctly, does involve a process of organization. Think of it as front-loading mealtime plans for the long term. And the benefits are many.

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Can They Handle It? Admitting an Addiction to Your Boss

December 15, 2020

Linda lived in a nearly constant state of anxiety. Every day, she worked so hard at her job – but her efforts were as much about hiding her addiction as completing her workload. She couldn’t afford to lose this job. She was convinced her employer would boot her if they knew about her struggle with alcohol. So she kept up appearances and hoped her boss wouldn’t notice.

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Dating While in Recovery: Here’s How

December 10, 2020

Navigating the dating scene is hard enough. For those of us in recovery, we have a few added stresses, like trying to figure out when to tell someone we’re in recovery, or if it’s even the right time to date.

When it comes to when it’s time to tell someone you’re in recovery, we ran a poll on our Facebook. Here’s what we found:

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5 Tips for Getting Through the Pandemic Holidays, Sober

December 8, 2020

This year, the holidays will be especially taxing for many people. Here’s how to make it through.

The holidays are always a fraught time for people in recovery. The shorter, darker, colder days during November and December can take a toll on anyone. Add in the stress of returning home, dealing with family members, and attending social functions where drinking might be expected, and the holidays are a minefield.

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On Self-Control

December 3, 2020

‘Self-control’ is:
a) what you build up, develop, create, learn by controlling your behavior repeatedly – regard self-control as a skill; b) NOT a THING you have [or don’t have] that lets you control your behavior [or not].

When some one says:
‘I have no self-control over my drinking,’ or whatever, I can ask:
‘Are you well practiced at resisting urges or opportunities to use.’

The answer is
‘no’. This person is well practiced in giving in to those urges and opportunities.

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Four Reasons for Addictions

December 1, 2020

So many things in life seem relatively straightforward on our first pass. Later we discover that there is more to it. For example, at first, all deciduous trees seem to look alike—tall and leafy. Gradually though, our eyes can tell the difference between oaks, maples, poplar and ash. Finer discriminations come over time. We could also do the same with fear, anger, bipolar . . . almost any category. And we can do it with addictions.

On our first pass, addictions are lusts. They are out-of-control desires that usually hurt the addict and anyone else who is close by. But if we spend enough time with addicts we might notice subgroups within addictions, and though lust applies to them all, there are other biblical approaches that could be even more suitable.

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Thanksgiving and the Problem of Instant Gratification

November 24, 2020

Somehow Thanksgiving, our holiday of gratitude, has morphed into a gluttonous melee of over-indulgence and excess. If there is ever a time to practice coping with urges, resisting temptations, and moderate indulging, it is amidst the relentless onslaught of food and drink offerings that we are bombarded with throughout the celebratory festivities of November’s fourth Thursday.

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What Does It Cost to Be a Drug Addict?

November 19, 2020

Drug addiction is one of the most expensive lifestyles on the planet. Many drug addicts who are heavily addicted find that they’re spending more than a hundred dollars a day on the drugs that they need. Some users spend significantly more than that.

However, it’s not just the financial aspect of drug addiction that can be considerably expensive. Drug addicts also pay for their habits with their friends, their families, their homes, and sometimes even their lives.

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Tips for Battling Relapse Over the Holidays

November 17, 2020

We are in the thick of the holiday season, and while this should be a joyful and celebratory time, it can be challenging for those of us trying to maintain our sobriety.  But, dealing with an addiction doesn’t have to ruin your holiday fun.  We’ve come up with seven tips to help keep you on the right track all the way through New Year’s Day.

Play the Tape All the Way Through.

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How Drugs Affect The Brain

November 12, 2020

With opioids becoming more of a devastating, national epidemic, more people are probably wondering how drugs affect the brain. What is the effect of consistent use? How does your brain react to drug or alcohol abuse?

These are all critical questions worth a look.

This PSA of the 1980s was effective in that it made an impression in peoples’ minds. But it didn’t explain the inner workings of what actually happens to your brain when you take drugs, because, let’s be honest — an image of an egg frying in a pan isn’t exactly accurate. It’s a lot more complicated than a sizzling breakfast.

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